• The Spinners (2) (Detroit)
    (The Early Years)
    (Updated by Hans-Joachim)


    Personnel :

    Bobby Smith

    George Dixon

    Billy Henderson

    Henry Fambrough

    Pervis Jackson


    Discography :

    The Spinners (2)
    1961 - That's What Girls Are Made For / Heebie Jeebies (Tri-Phi 1001)
    1961 - Love (I'm So Glad) / Sudbuster (Tri-Phi 1004)
    1962 - Itching For My Baby... / What Did She Use (Tri-Phi 1007)
    1962 - I've Been Hurt / I Got Your Water Boiling Baby (Tri-Phi 1013)

    Harvey & The Spinners (2)
    1962 - She Loves Me So / Whistling About You (Tri-Phi 1010)
    1962 - She Loves Me So / (Dance) Any Way You Wanta* (Tri-Phi 1017)
    1963 - Memories Of You* / Come On And Answer Me** (Tri-Phi 1024)

    Bobby Smith & The Spinners (2)
    1962 - She Don't Love Me / Too Young, Too Much, Too Soon (Tri-Phi 1018) 

    *Harvey Fuqua Solo
    ** Harvey Fuqua backed by the uncredited Spinners

    Biography :

    In 1954, a group of friends who grew up together in Ferndale, Michigan, a northern suburb bordering Detroit, came together to make music. For a time, several of the band members resided in Detroit's Herman Gardens public housing projects. Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson, C. P. Spencer, and James Edwards  called themselves The Domingoes. However James Edwards lasted only a few weeks.

     He was replaced by Bobby Smith, who sang lead on most of the Spinners' early records . C. P. Spencer left the group shortly afterwards, and later went on to be a member of the Voice Masters and The Originals. He was replaced by George Dixon. The group renamed themselves The Spinners in 1961. This name was chosen after looking at popular car hubcaps and noting how they spun around on a car's wheel.

    The Spinners (2)

    In 1961 the group joined the Tri-Phi imprint, a label owened by Gwen Gordy and Harvey Fuqua, who later joined the group before the ensemble joined the Motown imprint in 1964, after Tri-Phi was taken under the Motown umbrella. Although not a member, producer and songwriter Harvey Fuqua sang lead on the group's debut single.


    The Spinners first hit the charts in August 1961 on Harvey Fuqua's Tri-Phi Records, with "That's What Girls Are Made For", peaking at number 27. Bobby Smith sang lead vocal on this track, coached by Fuqua.   The group's follow-up, "Love (I'm So Glad) I Found You", also featured lead vocals by Smith, although again some sources credit Fuqua. This track reached number 91 that November, but none of their other Tri-Phi singles charted.


    James Edwards' brother, Edgar "Chico" Edwards, replaced Dixon in the group in 1963, at which time Tri-Phi and the entire artist roster was bought out by Fuqua's brother-in-law Berry Gordy of Motown Records. The Spinners were then assigned to the Motown label.

    Songs :

    The Spinners (2)

    That's What Girls Are Made For            Heebie Jeebies                 Love (I'm So Glad)         

    Sudbuster           What Did She Use / Itching For My Baby...      I've Been Hurt

    I Got Your Water Boiling, Baby...

    Harvey & The Spinners (2)

    She Loves Me So                    Whistling About You            Any Way You Wanta*

    Come On And Answer Me** 

    Bobby Smith & The Spinners (2)

    She Don't Love Me       Too Young, Too Much, Too Soon


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